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Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

Final Countdown to Buoy 10 Fishing

Grandpa and granddaughters with Buoy 10 Salmon

It’s the final countdown to the Buoy 10 Salmon Season on the Columbia River, and we can’t wait to see what the 2021 season has in store for us. We’ve been looking forward to this popular fishery for months, and the time is finally here! The river opens for fall salmon fishing this Sunday, August […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing- Tarpon of the Northwest

A nice big sturgeon from the Astoria estuary on the Columbia River

*July 2021 Update* Now through the first week of August may see some of the most action-packed days of sturgeon fishing of the year. We have 3 more weeks of Trophy Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River in Astoria before we switch over completely to fall salmon fishing at Buoy 10.  Over the weekend we […]

Summer Astoria Sturgeon Fishing is in Full Swing

Family fun while trophy sturgeon fishing in Astoria.

Columbia River Estuary The Columbia River Estuary is a unique fishery where the river meets the sea, and its brackish water provides some of the best fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, possibly in the world. While many know of the Buoy 10 Fall Salmon fishery that begins Astoria 1st in August, fewer people know […]

2021 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

Beautiful Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon

**UPDATE – The Columbia River opens again for Spring Chinook Fishing** ODFW and WDFW have just announced additional Columbia River Spring Chinook retention dates. May 21st – 23rd will be a short weekend opportunity between Astoria and Bonneville. Then on June 1st, the same stretch of river will open up for an additional 15 days, […]

2021 Columbia River Summer and Fall Salmon Seasons Set

Beautiful Chinook Salmon at Buoy 10 on the Columbia RIver.

Yesterday ODFW announced the 2021 Columbia River Summer/Fall Salmon and Steelhead seasons. This is a joint effort with WDFW and takes some coordination each year. Increased numbers on this year’s fall salmon forecast are giving us a summer salmon season, a longer fall salmon season throughout the Columbia River, and a 3 fish bag limit […]

2021 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon Season

4 happy guys with their Columbia River keeper sturgeon

It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for with anticipation. The 2021 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon season in Astoria has been announced and will take place from May 10th through June 5th, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, with a 2 pm end time each day. As usual, it’s a short season and we […]

2021 Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

four happy guys with Salmon they caught at Buoy 10

This is the time of year when Buoy 10 Salmon and ocean abundance numbers for Astoria begin to get tossed around. While numbers aren’t official, I’m hearing some really good things for this year’s possibilities. Like, REALLY good things. I’ll start with Chinook. On the heels of last year’s 250-ish thousand returning Chinook Salmon, we’re […]

Columbia River Fall Fishing

Columbia River Fall Chinook Salmon

The Columbia River reopened for fall salmon fishing on September 19th, four days earlier than planned. We took advantage of the extra days, and enjoyed some great days on the river. Today 3 additional Keeper Sturgeon dates were announced, adding more fishing opportunities on the river. Columbia River Gorge Fall Salmon The Columbia River Gorge […]

Columbia River Wide Open for Fall Salmon Fishing

Limits of Chinook Salmon on the Columbia River

The Columbia River is reopening earlier than scheduled, with an increased daily bag limit. Salmon retention will be open for the remainder of 2020, beginning this Saturday, September 19th. That gets us out on the water 4 days earlier than scheduled! The bag limit is being increased to 2 salmon per day, 1 of which […]

Weekend Columbia River Salmon Dates Announced

Smiling lady with a Columbia River Chinook Salmon

This weekend, September 11th, through September 13th, the Columbia River salmon retention will be open from Buoy 10 up to Pasco, WA. That allows us to chase salmon from the mouth of the river in Astoria upstream to the Deschutes and Klickitat River area. The Columbia River Compact just made the announcement based on Chinook […]